Scan code: LN84785 Manufacturer code: 828es

MOTU 828es Thunderbolt/USB 2.0 Audio Interface

MOTU 828es Thunderbolt/USB 2.0 Hybrid Audio Interface with AVB Networking, 10x14 Analogue I/O, 24-Bit, 192kHz

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Scan code: LN84785 Manufacturer code: 828es
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MOTU - '828es'
Thunderbolt/USB Audio-Interface

motu 828es

Proven PerformanceThe MOTU 828es allows you to connect all your studio gear, such as microphones, guitars, synths, keyboards, drum machines, outboard processors, MIDI gear, optical expanders and a foot pedal. All I/O is available simultaneously. The 828es also features renowned ESS Sabre32™ DAC technology delivers 123dB dynamic range and the same proven, award-winning audio quality as MOTU's flagship 1248. Round-trip latency (RTL) performance as low as 1.6 ms at 96kHz over Thunderbolt™ with high-performance DAW hosts.

Amazing Features • 60 simultaneous audio channels, 28 inputs and 32 outputs, all independent
• High-performance Thunderbolt and USB drivers for Mac and PC
• Cutting-edge components delivers ultra-transparent sound
• Features Renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology

Universal Connectivity

USB & Thunderbolt for Mac, PC & iOSConnect to your Mac or PC using Thunderbolt™ or Hi-speed USB 2.0, with up to 256 audio channels (128 in and 128 out) over Thunderbolt. Alternatively stream dozens of audio channels to and from your Mac over AVB/TSN Ethernet using a standard, affordable CAT-5e cable up to 100 meters long. Class-compliant firmware and industry standard drivers work with any audio apps. Connect to your iPad™ with a standard camera connection kit (adapter).

Hi-speed USB 2.0

Hi-speed USB 2.0USB 2 audio class compliant USB 3 compatible

Thunderbolt Technology

Thunderbolt TechnologyThunderbolt 1, 2 and 3 compatible

AVB/TSN Ethernet

AVB/TSN EthernetSystem expansion and audio networking

iOS Connectivity

iOS ConnectivityUsing a USB camera adapter

Redesigned Mic Channels

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Cutting-Edge ComponentsCapture your recorded material in its most honest and natural form with -108 dB THD+N, 118dB dynamic range and -128dBu EIN performance. Each mic channel has separate preamp gain, pad, 48V phantom power and digital remote control.

If you work with outboard EQs and compressors, each 828es mic input offers a pre-converter, hard-wired send for mono or stereo mic channel outboard processing.

Control Room Features

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Improved WorkflowTake control of your recording sessions using the built-in talkback mic and front-panel talk button. Connect two sets of speakers and check your mixes instantly with front-panel A/B speaker select buttons.

DSP Mixing & Effects

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Console-Style MixingIncluded is a full-fledged 48-input digital mixer delivers 7 stereo aux busses, 3 groups, access to 64 network inputs, and DSP effects including reverb, 4-band EQ, gate and compression.

If you know your way around a large-format mixing console, you'll feel right at home. If you've ever wished to mix on a large console, putting you in control.

Modeled Vintage Effects Processing

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32-Bit Float PrecisionClassic reverb, compression modeled after the legendary LA-2A compressor and EQ modeled after British analog console EQs. The 828es DSP engine delivers almost unlimited headroom and the best in sound quality.

Flexible Matrix Routing & Splitting

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User-FriendlyRoute your audio anywhere with one-click ease and send any input to any output, or several outputs, including routing to and from the computer, plus any devices on the audio network.

Web App Control From Any Device

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Wireless ConnectivityThe software that you use to control the 828es doesn't reside on your hard drive, instead its a web app served from the hardware itself.

This means you can control the 828es on-board DSP, mixing, device settings, and network audio routing from a web browser of your choice on a laptop, tablet or smartphone connected by wire or Wi-Fi to your local area network.

As long as it shares the same network, you can use any web client on any platform, Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android.

Touch Console

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Mixing On Your TouchscreenDesigned especially for touchscreen operation, Touch Console™ provides a whole new mixing experience. Access Touch Console from your tablet or smartphone to effortlessly control the powerful 48-channel mixer and effects in the 828es.

With large targets for your fingers, multi-touch operation and intuitive design, you can tap, swipe and pinch your way to a perfect mix, every time.

Stand-Alone Operation With Wireless Control

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No Computer Or Laptop neededConnect an Apple® Airport™ or other Wi-Fi router with a standard Ethernet cable for wireless control of device settings, powerful 48-channel mixing and DSP effects.

Powerful Audio Workstation Technology

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AudioDeskThe MOTU 828es includes AudioDesk® workstation software for Mac and Windows with 24-bit recording, sample-accurate editing and 32-bit mixing and mastering.

Solid Metal Chassis

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Built To LastLike all MOTU interfaces, the 828es aluminum alloy chassis is lightweight, yet very sturdy and durable. Designed to withstand the rigors of the studio, stage, and tour bus. No cheap plastic, the solid feeling of the 828es metal exterior in your hands is a reassuring reminder that you are holding quality engineering and construction.

Advanced Engineering


Two Banks of OpticalTwo optical banks provide 16 channels of ADAT optical at 48 kHz, 8 channels of S/MUX optical I/O at 96 kHz or a single stereo TOSLink pair at rates up to 96kHz.


S/PDIF Digital I/OStereo digital transfers are an essential fact of daily studio life. The 828es's standard RCA S/PDIF input and output make stereo digital transfers a snap, with optional external clocking and support for sample rates up to 96kHz.


MIDI I/OConnect MIDI gear without the need for a separate MIDI interface.


Foot Switch InputConnect a standard foot pedal switch (sold separately) for hands-free talkback or punch-in while recording. Or map the pedal to any keystroke function in your host software.


Time Code SupportDedicated time code input and output jacks. Converts SMPTE time code (LTC) to MIDI Time Code (MTC) and passes MTC on to any MTC-compatible host software.


Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS)DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 828es is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.


DC-coupled TRS outputsUse the 828es to manipulate sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.


Two Headphone JacksEach headphone output can be programmed with the same or different mixes, with independent front-panel volume control.


Balanced Analog828es balanced I/O connections are well-protected against RF interference, AC hum, and other noise-producing environmental factors.


Audio analysis toolsIncludes an oscilloscope, real-time FFT, X-Y Plot, and graphic phase analysis.

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Mic/line/instr inputs 2 x XLR/TRS "combo style" inputs
Preamp gain: 0 to +63 dB (digitally controlled)
Analog inputs 8 x 1/4" TRS line inputs (balanced/unbalanced)
Max level: +24 dBu (digitally adjustable -96 to +22)
Analog outputs 8 x 1/4" TRS line out (balanced, DC coupled)
Max level: +20 dBu (digitally adjustable -4 to +20)
2 x male XLR with +20 dBu max
2 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
2 x 1/4" TRS sends (pre-converter)
Digital I/O 2 banks (16 ch) of ADAT optical at 1x sample rates
2 banks (8 ch) of SMUX optical at 2x sample rates
1 bank switchable to TOSLink (optical S/PDIF)
1 x stereo S/PDIF on RCA (up to 96 kHz)
Total I/O 28 in / 32 out (60 total) at 1x sample rates
20 in / 24 out (44 total) at 2x sample rates
10 in / 14 out (24 total) at 4x sample rates
Computer I/O 1 x Thunderbolt 1 (Mac and Win) Thunderbolt 2 & 3 compatible
1 x USB 2.0 audio class compliant USB 3.0 and iOS compatible
Sample rates 128 in/out at 1x or 2x (44.1 to 96 kHz)
64 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)
Computer I/O channels USB 64 in/out at 1x (44.1 to 48 kHz)
32 in/out at 2x (88.2 to 96 kHz)
24 in/out at 4x (176.4 to 192 kHz)
16 MIDI channels to/from computer host
Foot switch 1 x 1/4" pedal input
Sync I/O 1 x BNC word clock in/out
1 x 1/4" time code in/out
Network I/O 1 x RJ45 AVB/TSN Ethernet (1 Gbps)
AVB streams (8 channels per stream) 4 in / 4 out @ 44.1 or 48 kHz
4 in / 4 out @ 88.2 or 96 kHz
2 in / 2 out @ 176.4 or 192 kHz
Headphone 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo phone (assignable)
Phantom power 2 x individual +48V
Foot switch 2 x 1/4" TRS headphone output
2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs
2 x digital rotary encoders • phone vol
2 x digital rotary encoders • mic/instr input gain
2 x large digital rotary encoders • main vol / menu
4 x small switches • (2) Pad / (2) 48V Phantom pwr
8 x large switches • menu nav / A/B mon select, etc.
2 x LCD (128 x 160) for level meters / menu nav
Power International 100-240V autoswitching supply 50-60 Hz • 0.5A max
Dimensions (width x depth x height, enclosure only)
19 x 7 x 1.75 inches
48.3 x 17.75 x 4.5 cm
with rack brackets removed: 17.25 inches (43.8 cm) wide
Weight Enclosure only: 4.1 lbs / 1.9 kg
With rack brackets removed: 4.0 lbs / 1.8 kg
Computer Interface Type
  • AVB Ethernet
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB 2
Connections (Input)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS Jack
  • 2 x ADAT Optical
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
  • 1 x Word Clock (BNC)
  • 1 x Word Clock (BNC)
  • 2 x XLR / Jack Combo
Mic Preamps (Max) 2
Instrument Inputs (Max) 2
Phantom Power Yes
Sample Rate (Max) 192 kHz
Bit Resolution 24
iPad Compatible No
Connections (Output)
  • 8 x 6.35mm (1/4") TRS Jack
  • 2 x ADAT Optical
  • 2 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
  • 1 x MIDI
  • 1 x S/PDIF Coaxial
  • 1 x Word Clock (BNC)
  • 2 x XLR
Dimensions (mm)  
DSP Processing Yes
Misc. Notes  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN84785
Model Number 828es
GTIN 839128006096

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24 months
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